Welcome to MW-Gaia

MW-GAIA will provide European leadership in understanding the Galaxy, its stars and planets, enhance the potential of the community in its scientific exploitation of the observations of more than a billion stars with the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite, and enhance the development of the next steps in astrometry and space astrometry missions.

The Action brings together key stakeholders from across Europe, to leverage expertise, and develop new techniques to fully maximise the scientific returns from Gaia's rich and complex data.

Five key challenges are addressed: The Milky Way as a Galaxy, The Life and Death of Stars; Planetary Systems Near and Far; Gaia Fundamentals: Space and Time; and Astrometry Innovation Challenge – towards sub-μas astrometry. COST enables the vital Action activities, supporting exchanges, training and meetings.

The Action will have a significant legacy, creating a dynamic and vibrant network of researchers with expertise in the study of the Milky Way, its constituents and the art of Astrometry. Participation is inclusive, with researchers accessing the Network from across Europe, irrespective of their gender or location.

This COST Action commenced 14 Mar 2019 and will complete 13 Mar 2023

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CORONAVIRUS - COST activities - UPDATE - 13 Mar 2020

Information about COST activities in the context of Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak - news from COST: 13 Mar 2020.

As of now, all MW-Gaia STSM and Meetings are SUSPENDED

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Covid-19 Outbreak and COST Actions

Information about COST activities in the context of Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak - news from COST as of 27 Feb 2020.

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3rd STSM Call Open

An additional year one STSM short term visit call is now open. Deadline for applications is 20 February 2020 For this call only, the exchange visit must take place in the period 1 to 31 March 2020. Proposals from those who have attended a MW-Gaia Workshop or School are especially welcome.

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WG2/WG3 Workshop: Frontiers of Stellar Physics: the Theory-Observation Interface

The first WG2/WG3 workshop will take place in Zagreb, HR: 21-23 January 2020.

Deadline for registrations is: 8 December 2019

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COST: UK Participation and Brexit

COST have now confirmed UK access and participation in COST in the light of a possible future Brexit. In short, UK participation is guaranteed through to 31 Dec 2020 in the event of UK leaving the UK.

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